Rubber City Theatre

Rubber City Theatre Affordable Professional Theatre We are a professional Equity theatre company in Akron, Ohio.

"Seems a downright shame... Seems an awful waste". 🥧 🩸Meet Our production's Mrs. Lovett! Natalie Zenczak is happy to get...

"Seems a downright shame... Seems an awful waste". 🥧 🩸

Meet Our production's Mrs. Lovett! Natalie Zenczak is happy to get an opportunity to perform with the Rubber City Theatre company. Past credits include Cinderella’s mother in Into the Woods, Maria in The Man of La Mancha, and Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro. A very special thanks to my friends and family who helped me so I could step in and take on this fantastic role. I am very grateful for you all.
You can see Natalie bake up the "Worst Pies in London" Tommorow until September 10!

"Beadle-deedle-deedle-deedle-deedle-dumpling Beadle" 🩸🪒Michael Jeffrey Lucas (Beadle/Fogg) is a versatile vocalist, dire...

"Beadle-deedle-deedle-deedle-deedle-dumpling Beadle" 🩸🪒

Michael Jeffrey Lucas (Beadle/Fogg) is a versatile vocalist, director, actor and educator. He holds a BM in Vocal Performance from the University of Akron, and has appeared with the Ohio Light Opera, Players Guild Theatre, Singers Companye, and in smaller productions at wineries, festivals, restaurants, and even farms! He maintains a private studio in singing, piano and acting, while also working as a church music director, cantor, and accompanist. Favorite roles: Herold Bride (Titanic), Dr. Miracle (Doctor Miracle), Jack (into the Woods), Dr. Blind (Die Fledermaus), Seymour (Little Shop of Horrors).

Meet our Johanna! ❤️Anna Popa (Johanna/Ensemble) is an actor, children’s theatre director, and board-certified Music The...

Meet our Johanna! ❤️

Anna Popa (Johanna/Ensemble) is an actor, children’s theatre director, and board-certified Music Therapist in the Akron/Cleveland area. She is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University and recently began working as the creative arts coordinator at Superior School for the Performing Arts in Cleveland. She has also directed children’s theatre productions the past two summers at Western Reserve Playhouse. Previous performance credits include Shelby (Steel Magnolias), Nina (Vonya and Sonya and Masha and Spike), Belle (A Christmas Carol), Irene Adler (Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure), Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), Mimi/Ensemble (Guys and Dolls) and Tammy (Hairspray). She is excited and thankful for the opportunity to return to the RCT stage and work alongside an extremely talented cast and crew.

"I'll steal you Johanna"🎵 🩸 Meet Anthony Ghali, our production's Anthony Hope! Anthony Ghali (Anthony Hope/Ensemble) is ...

"I'll steal you Johanna"🎵 🩸
Meet Anthony Ghali, our production's Anthony Hope! Anthony Ghali (Anthony Hope/Ensemble) is an aspiring actor who is a second year musical theatre major at Kent State University. Anthony was previously seen as Moritz (Spring Awakening), Leonato (Much Ado About Nothing), Gomez Addams (The Addams Family), and Pulitzer (Newsies). Anthony would like to thank his family and friends for all their support and love.

“Sweeney Pondered and Sweeney Planned”… and so did our AMAZING production team! A HUGE shout to our Stage Management Tea...

“Sweeney Pondered and Sweeney Planned”… and so did our AMAZING production team! A HUGE shout to our Stage Management Team, Patrick Lee Johnson and Arianna Allen, our lighting designer Jaemin Park, and our head of the lighting and sound department, Eugene, for all of their hard work this weekend! 💡🛠⚙️

RCT takes on Akron pride!  Come see our table by Crave and The Civic Theatre. Special thanks to our board members Sarah ...

RCT takes on Akron pride! Come see our table by Crave and The Civic Theatre. Special thanks to our board members Sarah Heid, Eric Mansfield, Danielle Gruhler, and Sharon Jackson for volunteering to help run our awesome table! And a thank you to all of our board members for all the awesome work you do!

UA Students Corbin Grassa and Jaevion Bannerman assisted our IASTE local 48 shop workers, Rob Leeper, Sydney Sheets, and...

UA Students Corbin Grassa and Jaevion Bannerman assisted our IASTE local 48 shop workers, Rob Leeper, Sydney Sheets, and Eugene Rogers on the set of Sweeney Todd today! One week until opening!

"Ah, evil is here, sir. The stink of evil-from below--her!" -Beggar Women Day is excited for her debut at Rubber City Th...

"Ah, evil is here, sir. The stink of evil-from below--her!" -Beggar Women

Day is excited for her debut at Rubber City Theatre. She can’t wait for you to experience this extraordinary cast! Some of Day’s credits include: Journey (Panther Women: An Army of Liberation; Rolling World Premier/ Global Women’s Festival in South Korea), Ms. Schinkopft (School of Rock), Elena (The Bear), Little Sally (Urinetown), Gary Coleman (Avenue Q), Crystal (Little Shop). She is an Alumni of Kent State University and a multifaceted artist. Day hopes you enjoy the show!
“Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of Chaos.” - Stephen Sondheim

Opening Night is one week away! Get your tickets here!

"What's great about the theater is it's a living organism. Whereas movies and television are as if in amber: it's not as...
These moments made Stephen Sondheim the master of the musical

"What's great about the theater is it's a living organism. Whereas movies and television are as if in amber: it's not as they're dead, but it's that they are only alive in one shape, form and tone" - Stephen Sondheim.

Help us in honoring Sondheim and his work by coming to see our production of Sweeney Todd September 2-10. The link to purchase tickets is in the comments!

Stephen Sondheim, the renowned composer of "Into the Woods," "Sweeney Todd," "Gypsy," "Sunday in the Park with George" and other essential works of musical t...

We'd like to introduce you to our production's "Most Honourable Judge Turpin", Marc! ⚖️Marc Moritz (AEA) Actor. Director...

We'd like to introduce you to our production's "Most Honourable Judge Turpin", Marc! ⚖️

Marc Moritz (AEA) Actor. Director. Arts Educator. Marc originated the role of Talk Show Host in the original 1981 Broadway production of the Sondheim/Prince musical, Merrily We Roll Along. Marc has worked at dozens of theaters across the U.S. Shows/Roles include: Twelfth Night (Grumio) Boy (Barnes) , Little Shop of Horrors , (Mushnik) , Diary of Anne Frank (Otto), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Sturdyvant) , Amadeus (Emperor Joseph) , Scottsboro Boys (Interlocutor), Into The Woods (Mysterious Man) , Hamlet (Claudius) Sunshine Boys (Lewis) .
Theaters include : Pittsburgh Playhouse, Goodman , Long Wharf, New Harmony, Raven , Rubber City Theater , None too Fragile , Dobama, Karamu, Porthouse, Cain Park , Off The Wall , Human Race, Idaho Shakespeare, Riverside Shakespeare, Cincinnati Shakespeare, Porthouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Great Lakes Theatre Festival. Marc was the Founder / Director of Cleveland's successful Improv Troupe - GIANT PORTIONS and has taught Improv at ImprovOlympic and Second City in Chicago. Marc has taught acting at AMDA and CAP 21 in NYC as well as numerous colleges including Cornell University and Kent State University. He is the Midwest Affiliate for MainStreet Musicals (, a NY -based Non-Profit organization committed to nurturing new works regionally. Marc was in the Returning Professional Program at Kent State University where he received his MFA . He has two beautiful children - Sarah and Joseph.

Tickets can be purchased here:

"An illustrious barber, Pirelli by name..."🪒 😈Casey Venema (Pirelli/Ensemble) is an actor, director, and intimacy choreo...

"An illustrious barber, Pirelli by name..."🪒 😈
Casey Venema (Pirelli/Ensemble) is an actor, director, and intimacy choreographer focused on unique and unexplored narratives- particularly those centering women's voices. Recent performance credits include Adult Ensemble/ Patty US (School of Rock), Miss Barley/Woman 3 (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder), Fritzie Kost (Cabaret), Sebastian (The Twelfth Night), and Janet (The Rocky Horror Show). You can next see Casey's work as she directs Lost Girl at Bucknell University and Steel Magnolias at French Creek. Casey is also the resident intimacy director for Dobama Theatre and has worked as an intimacy director for several other theatres in Northeast Ohio. ​In addition to her freelance work, Casey is the Co-Founder and Co-executive Director of Nightbloom Theatre Co., a Cleveland-based ensemble dedicated to strengthening the Cleveland theatre community by providing artistic opportunities to emerging artists. To keep up with Casey's adventures, follow her on Instagram @caseyvenem8 or drop her a line at

You can see Casey perform by purchasing tickets to Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet St:

AUDITIONS FOR Mat Smart's THE AGITATORSCONTRACTSPT$344 weekly minimum (SPT 2)Non-union - Stipend of $500 for the run. SE...


$344 weekly minimum (SPT 2)
Non-union - Stipend of $500 for the run.
Equity actors for roles in THE AGITATORS
(see breakdown).
Local actors encouraged to submit. This play includes frank conversations about racism, sexism, violence against women, and
slavery. There are no graphic scenes of violence depicted, but the soundscape of the play includes sounds evocative of slavery and
violence. If you have questions about this, please contact Dane CT Leasure ([email protected]).
Please prepare two contrasting monologues of your choice. Email your headshot/resume and video submission as an unlisted link.
Deadline: 09/03/2022
[email protected]
Viewing auditions:
Dane CT Leasure: Executive Artistic Director; Brian Chandler: Director
In-person callbacks: Sept 5
First rehearsal: Sept 20
Tech: Oct 8-13
Opening: Oct 14
Closing: Oct 22
Performances Oct 14, 15, 20, 21, 22: 7:30pm Oct 16: 2:30
We are seeking fully vaccinated and boosted actors for this production.
Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit.
In reference to the character descriptions - most characters we encounter currently are on the binary and are written with the he/him or she/her pronouns and you will see that are in the following descriptions. But, however limiting the descriptions are, our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible and we invite gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender, and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with. We will also list race/ethnicity when specific to the character but are otherwise seeking all races and ethnicities. As an ADA compliant theatre, we welcome performers of all abilities and will make all reasonable accommodations in order to cast performers, regardless of disability, in any role possible. Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or if there are any accommodations we can provide. (Language developed by Kevin Kantor and Emily Tarquin from the Actors Theatre of Louisville)

RCT has engaged with a qualified Intimacy Director to work with all actors. The Intimacy Director will work with the actors to ensure that any/all moments of casual or familial intimacy between characters (e.g. casual touching, embracing) work within the boundaries of each actor.

Susan B. Anthony: female, mid-30s to early 40s, Caucasian. Starts as an underpaid school teacher and ends up a social reformer and women’s rights activist; Susan is strong and resilient with a quick mind and tongue; she possesses incredible inner strength; a sturdy and grounded woman, she is able to emotionally and physically withstand the challenges of being on the road for months at a time; she is unapologetic and commits her life to the women’s suffrage movement; as she is married to the cause, she never enters into a marriage. Has extreme charisma and is able to carry a play.
Frederick Douglass: male, mid-30s to early 40s, African American. A refined and elegant man, who is extremely charismatic and a powerful public speaker; Frederick is a courageous and brilliant academic, author, and abolitionist; an excellent father and husband, he struggles to find the balance between being an activist for his cause, always on the road, while still being present for his family; he is strong yet unmasked in his vulnerability. He is a self-taught violinist. Has extreme charisma and is able to carry a play. Note: The ability to play the violin is helpful, but not necessary.


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